fe·​ver·​ish | \ ˈfē-vrish How to pronounce feverish (audio) , ˈfe-vər-ish \

Definition of feverish

1a : tending to cause fever
b : having the symptoms of a fever
c : indicating or relating to fever
2 : marked by intense emotion, activity, or instability feverish excitement

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Other Words from feverish

feverishly adverb
feverishness noun

Examples of feverish in a Sentence

She was feeling tired and feverish. He had a feverish appearance.
Recent Examples on the Web People were fatigued and feverish, with dry coughs and headaches. Daniel Wrapp, Science, "They spent 12 years solving a puzzle. It yielded the first COVID-19 vaccines.," 31 Dec. 2020 Soon, her father, Richard, who is 89, began feeling achy and feverish. Linda Borg, USA TODAY, "Rhode Island woman fights to hold her mother's burial with family amid COVID-19 restrictions," 4 Dec. 2020 Tyson employees arrived in a feverish daze, muscles failing, struggling to breathe. Michael Grabell, ProPublica, "As COVID-19 Ravaged This Iowa City, Officials Discovered Meatpacking Executives Were the Ones in Charge," 21 Dec. 2020 Texas’ feverish pursuit of Urban Meyer had been unfolding for weeks when the Cyclones clinched a conference championship game berth at DKR. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Botched Urban Meyer pursuit one more storm for Chris Del Conte to weather," 18 Dec. 2020 Doctors and public health officials urged Americans to get flu shots, and laboratories moved to prepare to distinguish whether feverish, coughing patients have influenza or Covid-19. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "Covid-19 Precautions Are Thwarting the Flu," 17 Dec. 2020 This liquidity shows up in margin borrowing, shifts into risky equities, and the feverish effort by hedge funds and money managers to keep up with the indices. William Levin, National Review, "Why Are Tech Stocks at Record Highs?," 11 Dec. 2020 People who feel warm or provide a history of feeling feverish may also be determined to have a fever. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Think your normal temperature is 98.6? Maybe not (and why that's important)," 7 Dec. 2020 Since election day, the Trump campaign has sent out hundreds of feverish emails to supporters asking for help in the legal fight. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: Trump refuses to fade away," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of feverish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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17 Jan 2021

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“Feverish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feverish. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of feverish

: having a fever : suffering from a higher than normal body temperature caused by illness
: of or relating to a fever
: involving intense emotion or activity : feeling or showing great or extreme excitement


fe·​ver·​ish | \ ˈfē-və-rish How to pronounce feverish (audio) \

Kids Definition of feverish

1 : having a fever a feverish child
2 : characteristic of or relating to a fever a feverish nightmare
3 : showing great emotion or activity : hectic … he belonged to the daytime world of feverish activity.— Betsy Byars, The Summer of the Swans

Other Words from feverish

feverishly adverb


fe·​ver·​ish | \ ˈfēv-(ə-)rish How to pronounce feverish (audio) \

Medical Definition of feverish

1 : showing symptoms indicating fever (as increased heat and thirst or delirium) : having a fever the patient is feverish specifically : abnormally hot the child's forehead felt feverish
2 : of or indicating fever a feverish condition
3 : infected with or tending to cause fever a damp, feverish, unhealthy spot— R. L. Stevenson

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